Spotting fake news from real headlines, an escape room mystery that pits participants against the clock, and exploring the inner workings of the human body via a virtual autopsy are amongst some of the challenging and fascinating activities giving a glimpse of ‘life and learning’ during Flinders University’s Open Days.
Flinders will open its doors to school students, teachers, parents and prospective mature age students from across the state with campus tours and more than 160 information sessions over Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August.
Open Days is the most important student recruitment event of the year, with 41% of people who registered for 2018 Open Days going on to apply for a Flinders course.
Several thousand visitors are expected to flock to Flinders’ Bedford Park, Sturt and Tonsley campuses to get a taste of all that Flinders has to offer.
The forensic science behind blood spatters, virtual reality fashion parades, digging deep into history with the palaeontology team and hands-on filming and screen experience are amongst Flinders’ many popular offerings.
Prospective students can even experience what it’s like to be a midwife delivering a baby.
There will be tours of the 8000-strong collection of 15th-21st century art at the Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM).
Representing various currents in western art history as well as diverse indigenous visual art practices which include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the works in FUAM’s care constitute the most extensive public holding of art in South Australia after the state gallery, and represent one of the largest university art collections in the nation.
The campus will also showcase its sustainability initiatives, and is bringing in solar powered park benches featuring wireless and USB ports for charging phones. Tonsley based outdoor furniture maker Sedi will display its off-grid smart shelters – built from sustainable timber and steel with solar-powered lighting, integrated charging ports, WIFI and informational screens that all run off a battery.